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The director of many films considered to be classics of American cinema, Howard Hawks was born May 30, 1896, in Goshen, Ind. After graduating from Cornell University, he served as a pilot during World War I.

Returning stateside, he settled on a career in Hollywood, eventually directing an array of screen legends, including Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby (1938), Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946), Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and John Wayne in Rio Bravo (1959). During his career, Hawks made more than 40 films spanning the range of genres: Westerns, screwball comedies, gangster films and dramas.

Although he never won an Academy Award for his direction, he received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1974 (three years before he died) for creating some of the silver screen's most unforgettable works.

Howard Hawks in To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not

1944 NR

Dynamic duo William Faulkner and Jules Furthman scripted this Howard Hawks classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (who, rumor has it, fell in love on the set) that's supposedly based on an Ernest Hemingway tome. Bogie is Harry Morgan, a charter boat owner who falls for Bacall's seductive petty thief, Marie Browning. Can't-miss scenes include the now-legendary "You know how to whistle, don't you?" exchange between Bogie and Bacall.

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